Kurzbiographie: Christoph Benzmüller
Christoph Benzmüller ist Professor für KI an der Freien Universität Berlin mit Lehrbefugnis in Mathematik und Informatik; als Gastdozent für KI ist er zudem affiliiert mit der Universität Luxembourg. Aktuelle Forschungsarbeiten von Benzmüller adressieren neben der Automatisierung von normativem Schließen und rationalem Argumentieren auch Themen wie Universelle Wissensrepräsentation, Computationale Metaphysik und Formale Grundlagen und Mechanisierung der Mathematik. Zu früheren Stationen seiner Karriere gehören: Stanford University (USA), Cambridge University (GB), University of Birmingham (GB), University of Edinburgh (GB) und Carnegie Mellon University (USA). Studiert (1989-1995), promoviert (1999) und habilitiert (2006) hat Benzmüller an der Universität des Saarlandes.
Short Biography: Christoph Benzmüller
Christoph Benzmüller is a professor in Artificial Intelligence/Computer Science and Mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). He is also a visiting scholar of the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg). Christoph's prior research institutions include the universities of Stanford (USA), Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh (all UK), the Saarland (Germany) and CMU (USA).
Christoph received his PhD (1999) and his Habilitation (2007) from Saarland University, his PhD research was partly conducted at CMU. In 2012, Christoph was awarded with a Heisenberg Research Fellowship of the German National Research Foundation (DFG).
The research activities of Christoph are interfacing the areas of artificial intelligence, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and natural language. Many of these activities draw on classical higher-order logic (HOL), which has is roots in the work by Russel and Church. Christoph has contributed to the semantics and proof theory of HOL, and together with colleagues and students he has developed the Leo theorem provers for HOL. More recently he has been utilising HOL as a universal meta-logic to automate various non-classical logics in topical application areas, including machine ethics & machine law (responsible AI), rational argumentation, metaphysics, category theory, etc. Recent research also addresses the integration of automated reasoning and machine learning.
Christoph is trustee and vice-president of CADE (Conference on Automated Deduction), board member of AAR (Association of Automated Reasoning), steering committee member of DEON (Society of Deontic Logic and Normative Systems) and former spokesman of the section Deduction Systems of the Gesellschaft für Informatik. He serves in various further functions (chair, editorial board, steering committee, trustee, etc.) for a range of conferences and organisations in artificial intelligence, computer science, philosophy and mathematics.
Prior to his academia career, Christoph Benzmüller was a successful long-distance runner at German national level.